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Reports suggest that Real Madrid could enter the race alongside Chelsea for the signing of Sport Recife right-back Pedro Lima.

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Lima, aged 17, made his breakthrough into the starting lineup of the Brazilian second-tier side in January and has since accumulated 25 appearances across all competitions.

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Chelsea has maintained long-standing interest in the teenage defender as part of their ongoing scouting efforts in South America. AS indicates that the Blues are currently leading in the pursuit of Lima, with talks revolving around a potential €7m (£6m) fee.

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However, Real Madrid has also expressed admiration for Lima and is closely monitoring developments with Chelsea. Club officials are considering a potential rival bid if negotiations with the 17-year-old falter.

With Chelsea reportedly nearing a deal for Lima, Real Madrid may need to act swiftly to secure the youngster’s signature.

Chelsea’s interest in South American talent has been evident, with recent signings including midfielder Andrey Santos from Vasco da Gama and Ecuadorian midfielder Kendry Paez, set to join in the summer of 2025.

Inspired by Madrid’s success with Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, Chelsea’s scouting strategy aims to identify promising talents before their market value skyrockets. The club is investing heavily in young players in the hope of nurturing future superstars.

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